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post #1 of 48 (permalink) Old 11-04-2013, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Summer Jackets?

Hello all, I know it is not summer in USA. But since we are now in the riding season (winter) and planning to buy a Jacket which can also be used in the summer. Our summer temperature can be more the 115 Deg F and the winter temperature can be a minimum of 55 to 60 Deg F. So i assume a summer riding jacket will be ideal for me for all season riding (we have rain max of 5 days in a year). Without compromising anything on the safety side what can be purchased? A full leather any way wont work due to extreme hot condition. How about a perforated leather? or a leather and mesh mix? or textile mesh mix? any thoughts?
Right now I am looking at these jackets,

1. REVIT - http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/revit-tornado-jacket
2. Joe Rocket - http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/j...t-radar-jacket
3. Joe Rocket - http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/j...-ego-30-jacket
4. Dianese - http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/d...textile-jacket

The last two are not leather, but with more air flow. Any recommendations?

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I can't comment on any of the exact jackets that you have links to, but last year I did order a different Joe Rocket Jacket https://www.denniskirk.com/joe-rocke.../354875150.sku. It does not have a liner in it (Which I wish it did) but when it starts to get cool (50s F) i just put a sweat shirt on under it. The fabric panels breath well. You can feel some air coming through the leather when it get cool but it is not when it is hot. I like it for what I ride in over here. (100-40 F temps).

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Consider the Bohn Armor shirt as well. The Bohn Bodyguard Airtex Armored Shirt flows air like crazy, as it is made similar to a sports jersey. Go to www.bohnarmor.com and click on Armored Shirts.

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Hey CV,

I would guess you don't ride in the shade much either.
You should really consider color too.

I have a black mesh jacket that moves a lot of air; but absorbs radiant heat like crazy.

I bought a Joe Rocket Phoenix 5.0 mesh jacket in silver this year. The airflow is decent, but the light color really makes a difference too. The only drawback is that it shows dirt pretty bad.

It doesn't come with a liner; but like SWVA said, in cooler weather you can wear a sweatshirt or light windbreaker under it and you'll be fine.

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Thank you guys for the replies, and good point Scott, will search on..
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In addition to the other brands already mentioned, also look at Scorpion, Cortech, and Tourmaster. River Road also makes mesh stuff but they mainly focus on leather.

Between all of those you should be able to find something that fits your needs and the look you want.
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Also it would not hurt to try some on, or at least find some reviews about the fit. Last year when I got my Joe Rocket perforated leather jacket, I had ordered a fieldsheer mesh jacket. I ended up sending it back because of the fit. I felt like it was made to accommodate a pear (little shoulders and big gut). The Joe Rocket seemed to fit a little me a better. More "can" shaped, I guess you could say.

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what is the maximum summer temperature in USA? I assume Arizona is the place, and what are the riding jackets people wear over there? Anybody from Arizona here?
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Yeah the desert starts are the hotter ones. I can't help ya here because the heat we get here also come with humidity. You did get a response from TX and one from FL. I have not been to FL but I know TX has a lot of the dry heat that you all probably have over there. I tell most people that the most miserable part of my trip to TX as when I landed in Charlotte NC, it was about 20 degrees (F) cooler but 10x more humid.

I know there are some folks on here from Arid-Zona, Nevada, and New Mexico areas. Maybe they will chime in.

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classic, a lot of this is going to depend on where and when you ride. Are you riding to work? recreation? day? night? during the rain? Because I can tell you even perforated leather in temperatures above 90F are going to soak you with sweat. If arriving some place in a clean appearance, such as work, is your goal then this won't cut it.
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